Dessert | October 11, 2017

Chocolate Harvest Cake

I have such a good recipe for you today!  This Chocolate Harvest Cake has been on my todo list for a long long time, and I am finally sharing!  I discovered this recipe back when I was a newly wed.  I made it several times for parties and friends, and it is always so well loved.

Chocolate Harvest Cake on a cake stand

This is not your standard, run-of-the-mill chocolate cake.  This cake has a pumpkin cream cheese filling, chocolate ganache, and fresh fruit topping. It is the perfect perfect cake for these fall months.  You can really dress your cake with whatever fall fruits you’d like – seedless grapes, blueberries, and even nuts are really delicious on this chocolate harvest cake.

Chocolate Harvest Cake overhead shot

Chocolate Harvest Cake batter in a kitchenaid mixer with fresh eggs to the side

Chocolate Harvest Cake For A Party

Tis the season for gatherings with friends and family – and as you may know, a party without a cake is just a meeting. This dessert will make you the hero of the get-to-gether, and even if your baking skills are minimal, I promise you can pull off this cake.  When I first started making this cake I was VERY new to baking and it still went off without a hitch.

Chocolate Harvest Cake slice with cake on a cake stand

The base of this cake is a moist chocolate cake made with sour cream.  The rich chocolate cake is the perfect compliment to the creamy filling and gooey ganache topping.  Even my kids can’t resist this cake.  The first words out of my kindergartner’s mouth when he arrived home were “Can I have a piece of that cake?”

Chocolate Harvest Cake overhead shot with a slice cut out

Here I’ve garnished the cake with some pears, raspberries, and blackberries – which all scream fall harvest to me.  And there is something about chocolate and pumpkin together that are a match made in heaven.

Chocolate Harvest Cake on a cake stand overhead shot

What You’ll Need

There are a few tools that making baking much much easier.  The first is a stand mixer.  I’m partial to Kitchenaid.  Here I used my Artisan Mini – the perfect size for more projects, and it takes up less room in your kitchen.  A good set of measuring cups is a near second.  You’ll also need some cake pans – round for this recipe.  I’ve linked a few favorites here:

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Chocolate Harvest Cake
Chocolate Harvest Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Rich chocolate cake complimented by creamy pumpkin filling, chocolate ganache topping, and seasonal fruits for a perfect fall time dessert.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, chocolate ganache
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 541 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup pumpin puree
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Rapsberries blackberries, blueberries, pears, nuts...whatever you like!
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 8 inch round cake pans.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined.
  3. Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until top springs back when touched.
  5. Cool in pans and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To assemble cake, layer one round cake, pumpkin cream cheese filling, second round cake, chocolate ganache, and cake toppers.
Pumpking Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small saucepan heat whipping cream to a simmer. Turn off heat.
  2. Add chocolate chips and let sit for 4 minutes.
  3. Whisk until smooth
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Harvest Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1640IU33%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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